Tŷ Gwerin - what's on this year

Tŷ Gwerin 2015, the home of folk traditions in the splendid Yurt at the National Eisteddfod in Meifod, Powys.

Join us for a packed programme of performances, sessions, interviews, childrens' activities - and don't forget the retail therapy at trac's own shop, which stocks a collection of folk CDs and books you won't find anywhere else.


Click here for the full timetable

Tickets on sale for the Big Experiment folk weekend

Booking's now open for this year's Big Experiment Arbrawf Mawr folk weekend on Anglesey in September. There's more detail on the Big Experiment page here where you can find out more, meet the tutors and book your tickets. More details of the afternoon workshops and the full timetable will be published soon.

Remembering Merêd at the Radio 2 Folk Awards


The late Dr. Meredith Evans, Cat Stevens and Loudon Wainwright III will be honoured at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, to be broadcast live from Cardiff tonight (April 22) .

Mered, who died in February at the age of 95, will be honoured with a Good Tradition Award which is given to an individual who has made ​​an outstanding contribution to the folk music of the UK.

Cat Stevens (Yusuf) and Loudon Wainwright III will also receive Lifetime Achievement awards for their contributions to the industry.

Among the performers at the awards ceremony at the Wales Millenium Centre will be 9Bach, who have been nominated for the best album.

You can read more about the Folk Awards here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-32397847

There's an appreciation of Merêd's life and work here http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/meredydd-evans-writer-and-broadcaster-who-devoted-his-life-and-career-to-the-cultural-and-linguistic-health-of-his-beloved-wales-10187786.html

FREE FOLK PERFORMANCES on the Glanfa stage at the Wales Millennium Centre

14:45-15:15  Dan Bettridge

15:45-16:15  Kizzy Crawford

16:45-17:15  Aled Rheon

17:45-18:15  The Gentle Good (with string quartet)

18:45-19:15  Plu


A Manifesto for the traditional arts of Wales


Over the next month we are working on the Arts Council of Wales’ Investment Review (ACW). This is our opportunity to make the case for a proper investment in our traditional arts and we need your input. We want to use this review to put forward a vision for our folk traditions for the next ten years, outlining what we - the sector -  want, how we get there and why it’s important.

This is the first step in a consultation that will last for a year. Initially we need you to tell us what you feel is important and what should be done. The next step is to call a convention for everyone who is passionate about our traditional arts this Autumn. This is when we will co-ordinate your vision into a joint plan of action. 

Who is the sector?

You are. If you are reading this then you are likely to be a musician, dancer, singer, storyteller, a member of a choir, a village band, or a promoter, or a folk club, or a society or a person who cares about our music and wants to see it flourish. You could be a father wanting to learn songs to sing to his baby or a mother wanting to pass on her fiddle playing to her child. You could be a teacher wanting to bring traditional music into schools or someone who wants to listen to more folk music in our theatres.


How can you contribute?

Tell us what you want to happen! Tell us your vision for traditional music. It can be anything that you feel passionate about: dance teams, Cerdd Dant, opportunities to learn or take part in Plygain or a session. It can be a long-term strategic vision for social inclusion, tourism or singing as a community activity.


Fill in this Survey Monkey, send us an email at the addresses at the bottom of the page, leave a message on our Facebook Page, tweet us or write a letter to trac, PO BOX 428 Cardiff CF11 1DP. As they come in, we’ll put them all up on our website. If you’d like to remain anonymous just let us know. These will all inform our submission to ACW, which we’ll also post online.


We need this information by midnight, Sunday 3rd of May 2015 to put it together for the review deadline of 21st May 2015.


This Autumn we intend to call the whole sector together for a weekend conference where we’ll examine the manifesto and build a strategy for Welsh traditional music to build these themes into an action plan that the whole sector can work towards together.


So let us know what you want. We won't get this opportunity for another five years.

Showcases at the Folk Alliance 2015

Artists' Showcase Times and Rooms : Amserau a Lleoliadau Artistiaid.

Folk Alliance International 2015

FAI2015Welsh music is off to the US next week to showcase at the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City.

Kizzy Crawford, Lowri Evans, Chris Jones and Gwyneth Glyn all have official showcases at the huge event, the biggest trade fair for folk and traditional music. The Horizons Suite will host additional showcases featuring UK acts and guests.

The conference hosts two thousand showcases over four days, and the Welsh artists and trac staff supporting them are part of a bigger British delegation under the banner Horizons - A World of Music from the UK & Ireland.

trac Director Danny KilBride said "trac has been working on this for some years - attending the conference, building relationships with contacts overseas and preparing the way for Welsh acts. We're looking forward to sharing just some of the talent Wales has to offer."

It's all been made possible by funding from the Arts Council of Wales' Music Industry Development Fund and Wales Arts International. Our partners in the delegation are British Underground, which helps promote UK music abroad, and the English Folk Dance & Song Society and Generator Northern Ireland who are also taking out a number of acts.

Our performers:

Lowri Evans

Lowri woods

Described as a 'Major talent in any language', play listed on BBC Radio and quoted as a 'Wonderful Singer Songwriter' by Bob Harris BBC Radio 2, Lowri Evans is like one of those rare gold nuggets, not often found, nestling within the Welsh valleys.
Nominated for Welsh Artist of the Year and having performed with artists such as Cara Dillon and Martin Simpson, her songs take their musical colours from a broad palette that includes folk, country and blues. www.lowrievansofficial.co.uk

 Wednesday 18th - 22.30 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)

Thursday 19th - 00.00 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)

Saturday 21st - 19.00 official showcase, Liberty

                            - 22.30 in the round with Rosie Hood at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)


Kizzy Crawford

Kizzy FAI


Kizzy's dazzling talent is sure to make her a major star. trac recently took her to Canada as part of Music PEI's showcase festival and we're looking forward to introducing Folk Alliance delegates to this truly original young artist. www.kizzymerielcrawford.com

Thursday 19th - 01.30 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)

Saturday 21st - 14.30 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)

                           - 19.00 official showcase , Roanoke

                           - 00.30 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)



Chris Jones

chrisjones400x300Chris describes himself as "a contemporary Welsh folk balladeer who sings songs in Welsh and English, from the traditions of the British Isles and further afield". Said BBC Radio Wales presenter Adam Walton “When Chris recorded a session for BBC radio, the yearning, unaffected beauty of his songs – the truth in his rich baritone - reduced the battle-hardened engineers and production staff to tears.”  Sain Records

Wednesday 18th - 01.30 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)

Thursday 19th - 14.00 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)

Friday 20th - 14.30 ITR with David Llewellyn at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)

Saturday 21st - ITR with Vincent Cross at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)

                         - 21.00 official showcase, Roanoke


Gwyneth Glyn

"Her Lyrics have a simplicity of language and imagery: there’s a poet here who is able to leave words and images hanging in the memory…. She has a fine feel for the art of songwriting as well as the wind, trees and landscape of Wales that inform her music and emotions.” – Frazer Cains, LWCLl  gwynethglyn.com

Thursday 19th - 15.00 at Horizons, Regent's Suite, 5th Floor (539)

Saturday 21st - official showcase at Folk Music Canada




The Horizons Suite will also be hosting performances by other performers from the UK and Eire plus guests from the USA and Canada, including

Friday 20th at 14.30: Mountain Ash born singer-songwriter David Llewellyn, winner of the John Lennon Award and now based in Nashville www.davidllewellyn.com

Saturday 21st at 15.30: Darren Eedens, a young singer-songwriter from Toronto, who's now resident in Cardiff darreneedens.bandcamp.com

All the Horizons showcases are in our calendar - click here to see and share

Looking forward to seeing you at the Horizons Suite or official showcases, or come and meet us at the trade fair, Stand 202


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